left biblioblography: May 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

More On The Madness Of Muslims: The Rape Culture In Action

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

Religion, in particular monotheistic religion, is inherently evil. It is sad in our day and age religious people demand the undeserved respect their primitive religion garners. If I want to burn a quran or draw pictures of Muhammad, why should I have to worry that Muslims throughout the world will act like animals and kill people? We live in the 21st century but unfortunately some people still live in the dark ages. If we are to advance as a species, we will need to put religion to the side. Is it a surprise that such a messianic regime such as the one in Tehran not only oppresses and terrorizes their own people, but threatens the existence of humanity with their messianic beliefs and quests for a nuclear bomb? These are barbaric messianic fanatics who rape our young women before executing them so that they are not "virgins" due to the reason that they believe virgins go straight to heaven....sickness breeds sickness. Just because Christians are less sick than Muslims, doesn't mean they are still not sick. – Hitchens
And the horror continues:
Islamic State sex slave forced to recite Qur’an during rapes
They’d almost have you thinking that all this had something to do with Islam. They’d almost have you thinking that they’re aware that the seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an.
According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)
“Family shuns Yezidi teen impregnated by ISIS,” Rudaw, May 27, 2015 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Harrowing accounts of the sexual abuse endured by women and girls at the hands of Islamic State fighters are being recorded by a young Swedish-Kurdish activist living in Kurdistan region named Delal Sindy.
Of all the tragic accounts Sindy has encountered, the case of a 17-year-old Kurdish Yezidi girl we’ll call Suzan has drawn the most online interest. A Facebook post about Suzan’s experience has earned over 10,000 shares.
Suzan’s story is more than just a heart-breaking story of cruelty, slavery and sexual abuse. It also underscores the social stigma that follows some of the abused women for the rest of their lives.
Suzan was held captive by an ISIS militant known as Al-Russiyah. He kept several women as sex slaves until he was killed alongside his bodyguards by Peshmerga forces nearby Shingal.
“He lined the three of us up naked every morning. He would then choose who he wanted for the day,” said Suzan, who added that the extremist would smell each of the young women.
After the leader made his pick, the bodyguards would select from the remaining women for themselves.
“They were terrible. They beat me and would come at least two together,” she said.
In fact, Suzan wished to end up with Al-Russiyah because he didn’t hit the women as the others did.
“It was like choosing between death and death,” she said.
Prior to being sold to Al-Russiyah, Suzan was held in a hotel in Mosul called Galaxy. She described a building full of women and girls, all half naked or semi-naked.
“The day me and my 10-year-old sister were sold was the last day I saw my mother. I will never forget when she started crying and pulling her hair when they took us.”
She was later transferred to the ISIS stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, where there she and dozens of other women were examined to determine whether they were virgins.
“The virgins were taken to a room with 30-40 men. They lined us up and pointed who they wanted,” she said.
“I thought I might be lucky, I was not as beautiful as the others”
Soon, however, she was bought by a man from Chechnya who purchased her and two other girls in a matter of 10 minutes.
Suzan gave horrific accounts of daily rapes by the man’s bodyguards.
“They forced me to say things from the Quran during the time they did their actions, and if I didn’t they whipped me.”
On an occasion Suzan resisted, they burned her thigh with boiling water.
“They took us to one of the villages near Shingal. [Al-Russiyah] and his bodyguards were wounded when they fought against Kurdish soldiers. He died immediately and the guards also. That was when we fled.”
Some girls who [sic] ran back to ISIS because they were afraid. As Suzan said, “another girl who tried to escaped [sic] had her legs cut off.”…
As I’ve mentioned several times in the past, civilization is best measured by the culture’s treatment of women and children. Which of course, renders Sharia ‘law’ a bundle of complete barbarism. Extremism (of any ideology) is usually snapped right up by some sociopathic asshole who thinks his imaginary friend is calling for blood. Personally, I’ve had about a bellyful of these assholes, and the temptation to line these rabid dogs up and shoot them is difficult to overcome.
Because in a world of equals, nobody deserves to be treated in such a manner. Rape is an unconscionable violent crime, and any worldview that espouses it either directly or indirectly, does not deserve to exist.
Till the next post then.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Because Religion Doesn’t Protect Children The Way Everyone Says It Should…

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

leavechildrenaloneIt’s enough to make one want to locate some of these short-eyed bastards, and administer some primal justice:

TLC pulls ’19 Kids and Counting’ off the air over molestation claims against Josh Duggar

TLC has pulled the plug on its long-running reality show, “19 Kids and Counting,” over revelations that stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar covered up their son’s molestation of his sisters and other girls.

The network has canceled all airings of the program from its schedule after Josh Duggar – the eldest son of the 21-member evangelical Christian family – admitted this week to “inexcusable” actions 12 years ago, when he was a teenager.

Police in Arkansas, where the family lives, said Duggar had fondled the breasts and vaginas of multiple young girls, sometimes as they slept, around 2002.

His father, a former Republican state lawmaker and failed U.S. Senate candidate, posted on Facebook this week, after the claims surfaced, that his son had “made some very bad mistakes” – but the experience had drawn the family “closer to God.”

Jim Bob Duggar said he disciplined his son and took him a year later with church elders to meet with a state trooper and family friend, Jim Hutchens, who gave the teen a “very stern talk” but did not take any official action.

Hutchens is currently serving a 56-year sentence for child pornography.

Producers for Oprah Winfrey’s show received an email tip about the abuse before the family was set to appear on the program in 2006, and they canceled the appearance and contacted authorities.

An investigation found multiple victims, including some who lived in the Duggar home, claimed Josh Duggar had molested them.

However, the three-year statute of limitations had run out and he was never prosecuted.

The 27-year-old Duggar resigned Thursday from his position with the anti-LGBT Family Research Council.

“19 Kids and Counting” began in September 2008, and the family has leveraged their fame to speak out against LGBT and abortion rights.

It’s not clear whether TLC knew of the allegations against the Duggars until this week.

Sources told TMZ, which first reported the TV schedule change, that no long-term decision had been made about the show, but a General Mills representative said it had removed “19 Kids and Counting” from the company’s advertising schedule.

Fuck these assholes. The book should be thrown at them (not the ‘bibble’), and this Josh character should be locked away for the rest of his sexually sociopathic life.

This is but one of the major issues we face with religion today – somehow, in a bizarre twist of thought, these feeble-minded drones get the impression that the world is a playground, and everything upon it a toy for the delusional onlooker. And this Duggar shithead (I don’t care that he was a child at the time, his ‘biblical upbringing’ didn’t seem to stop him from being a rapist) should be locked away in an asylum. Molesting sleeping girls? Yeah, that’s a few steps shy of becoming a Dahmer or a Bundy.

And still people hold up their imaginary sky daddy as some sort of shield from the consequences of reality. Josh Duggar is ‘closer to gawd’, inasmuch as he’s a rapist who helps himself to other people, which isn’t that far a stretch from the Old Testament psychopath who allegedly tortured his own ‘chosen people’. But then, that clown’s dad is a Republican, which is synonymous with ‘cowardly ideologue’.

So the next time you hear that trite old trope about how someone (or their entire family) being religious somehow bestows an ethical/moral superiority, point to these losers. Or any of the long, long list of serial killers who just so happened to be religious as well.

Till the next post, then.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

And The Numbers Just Keep On A’Dwindling…

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

GallupImportanceReligion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. - Bertrand Russell

It’s so rare that I get to actually feel optimistic about the decline of religious pomposity, but…YAY!

Evangelicals’ claims of conservative supremacy are overstated — and misread America’s religious landscape

NEW YORK (RNS) “The collapse of the Protestant mainline has been swift, steady, and self-inflicted,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president R. Albert Mohler wrote in 2008.

Mohler’s views align with many of his evangelical colleagues—including Russell Moore just this week—that essentially say liberal theology and politics is responsible for the decline of the once proud American mainline.

But is it really that simple?

According to a sweeping new study by Pew Research Center, the popular evangelical trope is not as true as some assumed. Yes, mainline denominations remain in sharp decline, and yes, evangelicals have fared slightly better overall. Yet many evangelical bodies have begun shrinking as a share of the population as well. Romans Catholics—also theologically and politically conservative—are also declining significantly. This, despite these groups’ evangelistic zeal, orthodox theology, and conservative political stances.


  •     Liberal mainline denominations continue to decline. Over the seven-year period Pew surveyed (2007-2014), these bodies fell 3.4 percent as a share of the total population. But at the same time, evangelical denominations also dropped by approximately 1 percent of the total population. Given that evangelical denominations invest heavily in proselytizing, that can’t be overlooked.
  •     Mohler and Moore’s own Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), declined as a share of the population by 1.5 percent between 2007 and 2014—even more quickly than evangelicalism at large. The evangelical Assemblies of God, Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church in America, and Church of God failed to grow at all. The only evangelical body among the top 15 largest Protestant denominations that saw any growth was the Seventh-Day Adventists, and they only experienced a 0.1 percent increase as a share of the population.
  •     During this same time period, among mainline denominations, the United Methodist Church declined by 1.5 percent, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America declined by 0.6 percent, the Presbyterian Church (USA) declined by 0.2 percent, the United Church of Christ declined by only 0.1 percent, and the American Baptist Churches USA actually grew by 0.3 percent.
  •     America’s largest “denomination”—the Roman Catholic Church—further challenges the notions conservatives have been peddling. From prohibitions on contraception to resisting same-sex marriage, no body has held the traditional line more than Roman Catholics. Yet between 2007 and 2014, Catholics declined by 3.1 percent as a share of the population.

Simply put, almost all of America’s largest Protestant denominations are declining, regardless of political or theological alignment. Roman Catholics are declining at roughly the same rate as mainline Protestant denominations. The nation’s largest evangelical body, the SBC, is declining at roughly the same rate as the largest mainline denomination, the United Methodist Church.

These numbers tell us that America’s religious landscape is more complex than some evangelicals once believed. Conservatism does not necessarily lead to growth, it seems, and liberalism does not necessarily lead to decline.  The waters of change that once overwhelmed mainliners are now lapping at the toes of evangelicalism.

“If you look at the bigger picture of the evangelical or mainline tradition, we see some decline in both of these shares,” says Jessica Martinez, research associate for Pew Research Center. “Sure, there is a larger decline in the mainline share, but it is a more complicated picture than some assume.”

According to Mike Hout, a sociologist at New York University, evangelicals who want to blame the decline of mainline Protestantism on liberalism are simply not paying attention. He says that population data has always indicated that the mainline decline was mostly attributable to birthrates, a notion he published in an article in the American Journal of Sociology.

“Seventy percent of mainline decline as it was known in those days was due to the fact that evangelical women were having one more child on average than women in the mainline tradition,” Hout says. “This trend prevailed until right around the turn of the [21st] century.”

Hout adds that he believes evangelicals’ greatest weakness is what they’ve championed as their greatest strength: the marrying of political and theological ideology. The rise of the religiously unaffiliated—the “nones,” as in “none of the above”—dates back to 1990 when the Christian right was in full-on combat mode. As conservative bodies became more partisan, members who couldn’t stomach the political agenda waved goodbye.

“Among those who disaffiliated during this period, most were raised in evangelical denominations but were centrist to leftist politically,” Hout says.

The idea that the marrying of conservative politics and theology has had a negative effect on evangelicalism is echoed by Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam and Notre Dame political scientist David Campbell. After surveying various data points, they concluded that moderates and progressives were increasingly leaving the faith as it became synonymous with conservative politics. And because young people aren’t as conservative as their elders, they have led the religious exodus.

“To [Millennials], ‘religion’ means ‘Republican,’ ‘intolerant,’ and ‘homophobic,'” wrote Putnam and Campbell in Foreign Affairs. “Since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves—or wish to be seen by their peers—as religious.”

But according to Martinez, it’s difficult to draw any conclusions about the religious effects of political views from Pew’s latest study; those figures will be released by Pew at a later date, she said.

Triumphalist evangelicals have missed the point. The biggest threat to evangelicals is not some form of liberal faith, but rather faithlessness itself. Most people aren’t leaving evangelicalism for more liberal expressions, but rather for nothing at all.

While conservative Christians were crusading against their more liberal brothers and sisters in the mainline, the real growth has been in neither camp—the share of religiously unaffiliated individuals in America skyrocketed by a whopping 6.7 percent.

Rather than taking pot shots at more liberal strains of Christianity, evangelicals would do well to focus on the threat that all Christians are now facing: the growing number of people who are apathetic or antagonistic to the claims of Christianity.

If evangelicals continue to treat current trends as a race to the bottom, they shouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly where they end up.

The reason religion is waning (at least in this country), is that science ends up having a serious track record, when religion is just a trip down the bunny hole, with no appreciable side-effects beside a fuzzy-wuzzy feeling inside.

I look forward to the day that this infantilization of our species is done and gone, when the weak whispers of ghosts who were never there become first the joke of yesteryear, and then a dusty footnote in our history.

Yeah, I know. Not likely in my lifetime. But maybe I’ll live to see it drop down (in this country) to at least 50% before I die.

One can always hope.

Till the next post then.


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Frivolous Lawsuit # 666–Outlaw The Gays!

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

religious freedom cartoonAn infinite God ought to be able to protect himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures. Certainly he ought not so to act that laws become necessary to keep him from being laughed at. No one thinks of protecting Shakespeare from ridicule, by the threat of fine and imprisonment.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll, quoted from, Some Mistakes of Moses, Section III, "The Politicians," in Works, Dresden Edition, Volume 2

Hilarious. You’ve probably heard about this already -

Nebraska woman files suit in federal court against all homosexuals

An Auburn woman claiming to be an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, is suing all homosexuals.

Wonderful. We should legislate based on the voices in her head.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, asked an Omaha federal judge to decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

Exactly why we have Separation of Church and State.

Citing Bible verses, Driskell contends “that homosexuality is a sin and that they the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet(?)”

Gay people hide in the closet because of small minded xenophobes like you, Sylvia.

Driskell wrote in a seven-page petition to the court that God has said homosexuality is an abomination. She challenged the court to not call God a liar.

Sorry, imaginary friends can’t lie. They don’t exist.

“I never thought that I would see a day in which our great nation or our own great state of Nebraska would become so compliant to the complicity of some people(’s) lewd behavior.”

(She said somewhat enviously)

Driskell could not be reached by phone. She is representing herself in the lawsuit.

As per the adage, a fool for a lawyer then.

And of course, the sequel:

Federal judge dismisses Nebraskan's suit against all homosexuals

A federal judge will not allow a Nebraska woman to be a legal spokeswoman for God and his son, Jesus Christ.

Judge John Gerrard dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday filed against all homosexuals.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, of Auburn, Nebraska, had asked the court last week to decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

In a strongly worded opinion, the judge said it is not up to the court to decide whether homosexuality is sinful.

Gerrard said Driskell lacked subject matter jurisdiction and cannot sue a class of unidentified defendants. Driskell did not set forth a factual or legal basis for a federal claim.

"The United States Federal Courts were created to resolve actual cases and controversies arising under the Constitution and the laws of the United States," Judge Gerrard said. "A federal court is not a forum for debate or discourse on theological matters."

Gerrard declined to allow Driskell an opportunity to amend her complaint.

Another whiny over-imaginative nutcake deciding what’s best for everybody else. Scarier still, she likely wondered why no one else around her could hear the trumpets blasting.

What this poor woman needs, is institutionalizing. Or likely a change in her meds.

You’d think their ‘gawd’ could do a little better at picking lawyers, though…

Till the next post then.


Saturday, May 02, 2015

More On The Madness Of Muslims: Because Religion Is The Cancer, Not Just Islam

Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis

jesusandmofatwahSo I came across this via Atheist Republic:

Fareed Zakaria Confronts Bill Maher for Criticizing Islam

Journalist Fareed Zakaria confronted political commentator Bill Maher earlier this month about his frequent and ruthless criticism of Islam. Zakaria slammed Maher, saying his atheistic views are just as radical as the religious views he criticizes, and what is worse is that he does only so to receive applause lines and never with the intention of reforming religion.

When Maher began to reiterate how Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas while discussing Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Zakaria put his foot down, saying Maher was not going to win over the minds and hearts of his audience by continuously insulting Islam and telling Muslims that their faith “sucks.” Zakaria also stressed there needs to be some sense of respect in how an argument over such a subject is framed, especially when the arguer claims to focus on reforming religion.

Maher then confusingly asked Zakaria if he truly doubted that most followers of Islam have considerably backward beliefs. Zakaria responded, saying most Muslims do not have considerably backward beliefs, as religious views vary from nation to nation. He also mentioned a couple of his own criticisms regarding Islam before concluding that all Maher is doing is only helping him receive applause lines.

When Maher expressed disappointment with what Zakaria had to say, the latter said Muslims feel disappointed all the time when people like Maher critique Islam.

These idiots are becoming increasingly tiresome. This is just a variation on the old ‘no true Scotsman’ fallacy. Despite the incredibly voluminous digital evidence that mobs of religious fervor (regardless of denomination) are mostly violent, this Zakaria wants to whitewash the bloody roots and branches of his particular worldview. Maher quite accurately points out in the video (which has proven resistant to being embedded in this post), that the moderates who aren’t participating are usually in the background nodding their heads (and making disapproving clucking noises, nothing else), are somewhat culpable as well. Inaction is a consequence of choice as well. Of course the extremists are incredibly violent, enough so that any more passive ‘moderates’ are likely to stay quiet, but there is a limit to everything in this world, and this particular M.O is stretching those limits.

Islam is based on Judaism (let’s face it: Muhammad syncretized like crazy, and just re-told the campfire stories of Israelite shepherds with an Arabic slant, and changed a few names and details), which is another bloody storied religion. The ‘chosen of gawd’ assholes went around committing genocide on the advice of their daft shamans (which might be the crucial reason the Arabs hate the Jews now), and if you want to follow in the footsteps of bloody maniacs, then you my friend have more than a few marbles missing. Of course it doesn’t help when the youth of your nation are told when to eat, shit, sleep, pray, and can only have sex when they’re married to a person they’re told to marry, well, combine that with excessive heat and sand grinding in every orifice and opening in your body, well, you’d be a quite a bit more than bugfuck crazy too.

Less talk of ‘reforming’ a religion, more about the extraction of this cancerous tumor, with intense criticism as chemo.

Till the next post then.